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Information for manufacturers

CHI+MED (Computer-Human Interaction in Medicine) is a six-year project, funded by an EPSRC programme grant, which aims to help medical device designers build safer devices. We will do this by providing clear guidance on design concepts developed from our understanding of the human factors involved in human-device interactions.

An important part of the CHI+MED project is understanding the needs and practices of industry. Our focus is specifically on the design of the interaction between users (nurses, anaesthetists, and patients themselves) and medical devices. We are asking two main questions:

  • How can these interactions be designed to minimise the risks of human error and maximise patient benefit?
  • What processes, tools or techniques would be of greatest value to industry to support interaction design?
As a starting point, we are consulting industry leaders, to understand practices and needs. We plan to:

  • Interview representative members of product development teams to understand current development practices and future needs, particularly relating to usability and interaction design.
  • Invite industry representatives to a workshop to discuss future needs and opportunities.

If you are interested in working with us, contact Dr Chris Vincent / 020 7679 0694.


CHI+MED Workshop at UCL, 11-12 July 2011
The Summer Workshop for Medical Device Developers and Manufacturers will be held at UCL in the Wilkins Haldane Room on 11th and 12th July 2011. You can download the workshop programme and instructions for delegates (including travel information).

CHI+MED Workshop at Swansea, 12 August 2011
Visit the Swansea workshop website.
This summer workshop is a one day event, free of charge. To find out more or to register, please email Karen Li, K.Y.Li@karenyli.me or Yunqiu.Li@Swansea.ac.uk

“In this workshop, we hope to:

  • understand the current measurements and metrics deployed by stakeholders (e.g. manufacturers, regulators and end users) to test and validate the usability and safety of medical devices;
  • identify areas requiring supporting mechanisms rooted on solid HCI theories and formal lab test results;
  • share our views and concerns regarding to continuous user involvement throughout the medical device life cycle;
  • explore potential usage of available resources to effectively improve the safety and reliability of medical devices through design and development;
  • demonstrate techniques CHI+MED has been developing so far and how they can fill in the gaps or strengthen the current practice”